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Is there such a thing as an ethernet signal booster?


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#1 oldskooler

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:05 PM

My home broadband service cuts out (signal drops) on a regular basis and has done this in my last 3 properties - different ISPs, same old problem.
After wasting time with engineers and tech support from the providers (and getting no improvement) I finally got a solution in the shape of a wireless signal booster (in my case the Alfa Network USB wireless network adapter) which works like a dream if you're using wireless.

But, I have 2 laptops and one of them is a wired-only connection to my broadband service, and the USB adapter obviously doesn't work with this so I'm getting the dropped signals on my wired connection.

So I was hoping there was a similar signal booster for a standard ethernet connection. The vendor doesn't appear to sell anything like that and I can't find anything online that discusses signal boosters for wired connections.

Is there such a thing or is there some other solution?

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:32 PM

and I can't find anything online that discusses signal boosters for wired connections.

Is there such a thing or is there some other solution?


Take a look here:
http://www.ethernetextender.com/about-ethernet-extension-experts/what_are_ethernet_extenders.php

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:41 AM

Thanks for the link, Animal. Looks promising but there seems to be a huge variation in prices for ethernet extenders. Must admit I've never heard of them so I'm going to have to do a lot more research into this.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

I was aware of them and have deployed them due to the nature of my 'day job'. But I leave the details of application and acquisition to our engineering and procurement departments. So having briefly read the link info, I now have the same realization you do. That there are more models and features than I was aware of and a broader price range than I previously was aware of.

Best of luck in your search for a solution. Glad you found the information useful.

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